Weekly pigeon round-up by Willie 'Homer' Reynolds

BALLYMONEY HPS show season will start on Friday 14th November with classes for YC & YH Through Wires plus OB Eyesign followed on 21st November with three classes again OC & OH Through Wires plus YB Eyesign.

Ballymoney HPS: Young Hens T/W – 1st & VHC J Connolly, 2nd & Commended B & I Stewart, 3rd L Neill, 4th D & G McMullan, Reserve D Dixon, HC C Henry. Young Cocks T/W – 1st, 2nd & 3rd D & G McMullan, 4th B & I Stewart, Reserve C Henry, VHC L Neill, HC D Dixon, Commended D Gage. Old Bird Eyesign – 1st & Special D & G McMullan, 2nd C Henry, 3rd, Reserve & HC B & I Stewart, 4th & VHC J Connolly, Commended D Dixon. Judges – P McAteer, G McLaughlin, A McNaghten & S McAllister (Cushendall).

Northern Ireland Show Racer Society held their second show of the year in Ballymoney on Saturday 1st November with 180 birds penned. The birds were judged Through Wires by the local ace flyer Leonard McCaw, many thanks to him. Old Cock – 1st A Wiggins, 2nd, 5th & 8th Edgar & Wiggins, 3rd P McArdle, 4th, 6th & 7th Rouke & Christie. Old Hen – 1st R Montgomery, 2nd, 5th & 8th Rouke & Christie, 3rd & 4th A Wiggins, 6th & 7th P McArdle. Young Cock – 1st A Wiggins, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 7th Rouke & Christie, 5th R Montgomery, 6th P McArdle, 8th Edgar & Wiggins. Young Hen – 1st, 3rd & 7th Rouke & Christie, 2nd A Wiggins, 4th R Montgomery, 5th & 8th Edgar & Wiggins, 6th W McClean. Yearling Cock – 1st & 3rd P McArdle, 2nd A Wiggins, 4th, 5th & 7th Rouke & Christie, 6th R Montgomery, 8th Edgar & Wiggins. Yearling Hen – 1st & 2nd Edgar & Wiggins, 3rd & 8th A Wiggins, 4th R Montgomery, 5th W McClean, 6th & 7th Rouke & Christie. Coloured Cock – 1st & 3rd Rouke & Christie, 2nd P McArdle, 4th & 5th A McCook, 6th M Kelly, 7th A Wiggins, 8th W McClean. Coloured Hen – 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 8th A McCook, 4th M Kelly, 5th & 7th A Wiggins, 6th Edgar & Wiggins. Young Fancier Cock – 1st A McFarland, 2nd & 5th R Newton, 3rd, 7th & 8th D Adair, 4th, 5th & 6th R Wiggins. Young Fancier Hen – 1st, 2nd & 4th T Montgomery, 2nd & 8th R Wiggins, 5th & 6th R Newton, 7th A McFarland. Racer Old Hen – 1st, 3rd & 7th W Neill, 2nd, 4th, 6th & 8th Edgar & Wiggins. Best Old Bird R Montgomery. Best Young Bird A Wiggins. Best Yearling Edgar & Wiggins. Reserve Best in Show R Montgomery. Best in Show won by Edgar & Wiggins. Well done to all the winners. The next show is on Saturday 22nd November with penning between 12 and 1.00pm judging Through Wires and Handled.

Rasharkin & District had classes for OC & OH Through Wires, judges were G Dickey (Ahoghill) and G Gibson & R Ross (Cullybackey) on OH and Davy Maginess in OC. Old Cocks T/W (80 Birds) – 1st & 4th H Cubitt, 2nd C Tweed, 3rd & HC D Mairs, Reserve J & D Surgenor, VHC P McDonald, Commended W McFetridge. Old Hen T/W (94 Birds) – 1st Steele & McNeill, 2nd & Commended W McFetridge, 3rd J Robinson & Son, 4th D Mairs, Reserve J & D Surgenor, VHC H Cubitt, HC C Tweed.

The NIPA Annual Ladies Night was held in Templeton Hotel, Templepatrick on Friday 14th November and all members and guests were sat down for a 7.00pm start. The NIPA President Diamond Carson from Banbridge welcomed another large turn-out and invited Sammy Thompson to say grace prior to a super meal.

Officials at the top table included NIPA Chairman Lyndon Boyle, Secretary Fred Russell, RPRA (Irish Region) Secretaries Mr & Mrs R Reid from Carrickfergus, NIPA Vice Chairman Alan Darragh and wife Betty, NIPA Vice President Joe Kelly from Londonderry and Mr & Mrs Thompson from Bushmills. Sammy is a long serving official, a past President at both the Irish Region RPRA and Irish Nat FC, also on Council of the RPRA, dedicated and ever present at most of the local pigeon functions.

Sammy was the special guest and presented the NIPA awards, wife Edith presented the awards for the Irish Region. It was pleasing that most of the major winners were present to collect their awards, including the big race winners and all 8 NIPA Section Fancier of the Year winners. Ron Williamson from Bondhill collected most cups including the Champion Old Bird of the Year and the NIPA Sect E Fancier of the Year Cup for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons. He has also won the Northern Ireland Fancier of the Year Cup for a record 9th time.

The NIPA presented gifts to Sammy Thompson for presenting the awards and to Betty Darragh who had ill health during the year and was making a good recovery. The major award winners included Fancier of the Year.

Sect A – M & R Hamilton Coalisland & Dist 233 Points, Sect A West – Alan Hall Omagh & Dist 236 Points, Sect B – Fleming Bros Crumlin & Dist 134 Points, Sect C – D & J Campbell & Bigger 224 Points, Sect D – M & F Russell Dromore West End 215 Points, Sect E – R Williamson Bondhill 209 Points, Sect F – J Crossan Downpatrick 127 Points, Sect G – Donnelly Bros Newry City Inv 280 Points.

NIPA Young Fancier of the Year 2008 (RPRA Irish Region Trophy) won by Conor Magill New Antrim Amalgamated. Runner-up NIPA Young Fancier of the Year 2008 (N Marshall Cup) Christopher Tweed Rasharkin & District. NIPA Old Bird of the Year - J Moreland Memorial Trophy won by R Williamson Bondhill. NIPA Young Bird of the Year - Irish Region Trophy won by R McKelvey Newry & District. Diplomas for Champion Old & Young Bird are sponsored by Chimney Corner Auctions.

National & Classic Winners 2008 were: B Fletcher & Son Cup Rosscarbery OB Inl Nat won by Hutchinson Bros Ashfield vel 1569, Stena Trophy Mallow 5 Bird Championship won by McKinstry Bros Dromara vel 1493, J H O'Neill Cup Sennen Cove OB Classic won by D & J Campbell & Bigger Glengormley vel 1420, Volvo Trophy 5 Bird Championship YB Fermoy won by M/M Stevenson Dromara vel 1328, McKeown Cup Talbenny YB Nat was not won, H McVeigh Cup Rosscarbery YB Inl Nat won by R McKelvey Newry & District vel 1372, News of the World, McComb & Pigeon Portal.com Cups St Malo OB Nat won by M Maguire & Son Newry & District vel 1186, D McNeilly Memorial Cup runner-up St Malo OB Nat won by G Buckley & Son Annaghmore vel 1176, Northern Bank Cup Yearling Hen Nat Rosscarbery won by M Maguire & Son Newry & Dist vel 1573, Northern Bank Cup Yearling Cock Nat Rosscarbery won by McGimpsey Bros Ards HPS vel 1583.

Average Cup & Trophy Winners 2008 were: Erwin Trophy Best Ave in all Nat & Classic races won by R Williamson Bondhill vel 1319, B Fox Cup Top placed official etc St Malo OB Nat won by M Graham Ballymena & Dist 4th Open, Waring Trophy Best Ave all Nat races won by R Williamson vel 1295, W E Diamond Cup Best Ave Talbenny & Rosscarbery YB Nat's was not won, McCluggage Cup Best Ave all cross channel races inc Nat's won by R Williamson vel 1265, Dickson Cup Best Ave Bude OB & Pilmore Beach YB won by Donnelly Bros Newry City vel 1308, Harper Cup Best Ave St Malo OB & Talbenny YB Nat was not won, Surgenor Cup Best Ave Talbenny (2), Bude & Sennen Cove under appeal, Scania Cup best Ave St Malo & Sennen Cove OB Classic won by R Williamson vel 1230, Agar Cup First Yearling in OB Classic Sennen Cove won by D & J Campbell & Bigger Glengormley vel 1420, Major Lewis Cup Best Ave all races from England & Wales won by R Williamson vel 1339, Devine Memorial Trophy Best 2 Bird Ave St Malo OB Nat won by G Buckley & Son Annaghmore vel 1122.

The RPRA (Irish Region) Meritorious Awards are presented in each NIPA Section, for individual bird performance from two cross channel races, in 2008 Talbenny (2) & Sennen Cove. Section winners were: Sect A – K Carolan Coalisland & District Vel 1372, Sect A West – A Hall Omagh & District Vel 1228, Sect B – D Dixon Ballymoney HPS Vel 1362, Sect C – Grattan Bros Eastway HPS Vel 1365, Sect D – D Jackson & Son Kingswood HPS Vel 1331, Sect E – R & G & G Donaldson Portadown Inv Vel 1387, Sect F – McGimpsey Bros Ards HPS Vel 1315, Sect G – Donnelly Bros Newry City Vel 1387. Overall winner was R & G & G Donaldson of Portadown Invitation.

RPRA (Irish Region) Mileage Awards. 0-250 Miles won by Ron Williamson, Bondhill, 251-450 Miles won by Donnelly Bros Newry City, Over 451 Miles won by Graham Andrew Springvale Social.

Young Fancier Mileage Awards. 0-250 Miles won by Conor Magill New Antrim Amalgamated, 251-450 Miles won by Christopher Shaw Dromore West End. Over 450 Miles won by Christopher Tweed Rasharkin & District. The RPRA (Irish Region) Young Fancier of the Year 2008 was won by Conor Magill.

Best YB Performance 2008 was won by Ron McKelvey of Newry & District. Best all Round Performance 2008 was won by Ron Williamson of Bondhill. All the RPRA Awards will be presented at the NIPA Ladies Night to be held in the Templeton Hotel on Friday 14th November.

R J Auctions continue with a super draft from Louella Pigeon World, the best Jan Aarden, Busschaert, Vandenabeele and the much in demand Roland Janssen. The sale will include some of the stock birds, a nice selection. Commissions etc to Ronnie Johnston Tel: (028) 90 483625. Glenavy on Saturday 22nd November, at 2.30pm sharp. Sale Lists available, contact RJ, or see www.louella.co.uk

Coming up the Complete Clearance Sale in 2 Parts for Philip Boyd of Annaghmore, it will be Glenavy on Saturday 29th November at 2.30pm and Banbridge Legion Hall on Monday 1st December at 7.30pm.

The local TV Star Gloria Hunniford will present the awards at the annual dinner and prize presentation for the Irish National FC will be held as usual at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast on Friday 28th November. Tickets 25 should be purchased before the evening and accommodation info is available from Ronnie Johnston. Gloria in turn will present a new Memorial Cup for her late father who was a prominent fancier in Portadown area a number of years back.

The Orchard Combine CC Christmas Show will be the Usual 3 in 1 with Best in Show set to collect 100. It will be held at the Armagh Rugby Club next door to the Armagh City Hotel on Saturday 22nd November. There is a licensed bar and hot food available, and for the ladies they can walk across the road and get all the Christmas Shopping done in Armagh City! Classes are Old Cock or Hen T/W, Young Cock or Hen T/W, Old Cock or Hen Handled, Young Cock or Hen Handled, Old Bird Eyesign and Young Bird Eyesign. Specials in each class, penning from 9.30am until Noon at 1 per Pen. Bring & Buy Sale (3 per Pen), Raffle, Videos, Trade Stands. Also Breeder & Buyer Sale (2 young birds per loft, 80% to Breeder/Buyer and 20% to Orchard Combine CC) All monies must be paid on day of show. For further information contact Sonya Tel: (028) 38 337018 or E-mail: sonya510@btinternet.com

Larne & District HPS Annual Monster Show for 2008 will be held in the local clubrooms at Old Glenarm Road on Saturday 29th November with the usual six classes ie. Old Cock, Old Hen, Young Cock, Young Hen, OB Eyesign and YB Eyesign. Birds in the Eyesign classes may be duplicated, entry fee is 1 per bird. Penning will be from 10.00am until 1.00pm and the prize presentation will be at 5.30pm, top specials will include 100 for Best in Show and 50 for Best Opposite Sex. There will also be a Breeder/Buyer Auction for 2009 young birds with a prize fund of 1,000 split 60% and 40% to be flown for in the NIPA Young bird Inl Nat (or alternative). Only NIPA Sect C Fanciers may compete in the race, fanciers outside Sect C may wish to donate a bird and compete for the Breeder split of 40%. Those wishing to enter birds should contact Owen Donnelly Tel: (028) 28 260425. The race last year was won by T & K Mawhinney from Donacloney. Fanciers can enter the auction on the day by submitting their name and contact details to Secretary Stephanie O'Neill or the nominated official of Larne & Dist assigned on the day.